Hwayoon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea on October 22, 1996.
Her first experience with music was at the early age of three when she took up Korean traditional vocal and “Pansori” percussion. Meanwhile, she has not only performed at many recital halls in Korea but also appeared as a regular guest at a Korean radio show with the renowned Pansori Master, Jung Hae Oh.
At 6, Hwayoon received her first violin lesson at her home town. She then switched to the viola and has since been studying this instrument under the guidance of Sang Jin Kim, Professor of Viola at Yonsei University. Furthermore she attended master classes with violists Mathew Daline, Paul Neubauer and Steven Tenenbom as well as Rainer Moog.
She made her stage debut at the age of 11. A year later the City of Seoul voted Hwayoon the youngest and most gifted student ever when she performed at their “Seoul Spring Festival”: “Precocious Prodigies”. In 2010, she was accompanied by Sang Jin Kim in the concert series “Senior and Junior” where she was joined by the international string ensemble, Sejong Soloists at Hoam Art Hall, “The Red Priest Series 1” as the youngest player.
At her very first international competition in 2010 in Pörtschach, Austria, Hwayoon was awarded 1st prize at the 17th International Johannes Brahms Competition. Then, in July 2011, she successfully performed as the soloist at the Yewon subscription concert at Seoul Arts Center.
Hwayoon was selected for “The Future Partner” by the German Government at St. Peter-Ording and has repeatedly been invited to play by the Goethe-Institute in Korea. In 2010, she received the award: “Mein Unvergessliches Deutsch” sponsored by the Goethe-Institute Korea and the Korean Prime Minister, Hwang Sik Kim and the cellist Young Chang Cho, Professor at Essen Folkwang University.
She has been invited to play in “Musica in Collina” in Lapendona, Italy in August this year as part of a concert engagement during the 17th International Johannes Brahms Competition.
Hwayoon also participated <Festival Music alp> in French Alps and <Tenerife Music Festival> in Spain.
In July, 2011 Hwayoon became a foundation student of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation as the youngest student Anne-Sophie Mutter has ever agreed to take on.
In January 2013 Hwayoon Lee sensationally won as youngest participant the Grand Prix in the 7th International Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow which was donated for the first time in the competition´s history and is ranked above the 1st price.